The incident I keep referring to is a mass vandalism that took place the first week of January. Between two towns and counties there were over 50 vehicles vandalized by a delinquent duo. One was a minor and the other was a major (pain in the neck)! The oldest of the two was on probation for the next fifteen years and decided to pick up a local kid and go shoot out windows with a BB gun. The weapon was not one of choice, but because of stipulations in his probation he couldn’t be around a ‘real’ firearm. This didn’t stop him from a spree of shattered glass. It was his own ‘Crystal Night’ – he would have made Hitler’s Brown Shirts and SS proud.
I was in a local meeting that evening and my truck received the worst of the damage as far as quantity was concerned. The Nazi youth(s) shot out all the windows on the driver’s side; front, back, and canopy window. It was a mess and I had to drive it home in the freezing cold as glass steadily trickled in the back seat from the rear shattered window.
Now to the fat. The cab windows were not a huge issue – a simple drive to the glass shop. The canopy was another story altogether! After numerous phone calls and dealings with the Insurance and glass shop the conclusion was arrived at that there was no glass in existence for ‘that’ canopy in the entire United States. Joy! It seems it was a upper model, rare and evidently not in production anymore.
The alternative (after more calls, and head scratching) was to have a glass manufacturer in Seattle, WA actually make us one. They were one of the only ovens in the entire region that could make such a window, tinted and tempered. Go for it! Well, it took them less time than they originally projected which was good, but it gets worse.
We had to be prepared to leave to hit the highways the next day from when the freight brought the window. I had full plans for utilizing the truck bed and those plans included a waterproof canopy. The window was installed in record time and looked great! So, we headed back to the house to finish our preparations for departure.
Now, as you can read in our travel story about going through southern Idaho (as a matter of fact you should), you will understand the significance of what I am about to tell you. Once we arrived at Twin Falls, ID we simply found a place to park and set up for the night. We didn’t go anywhere or do anything, just made ourselves at home in our trailer. The next day, some friends met us at the trailer and as we were getting in the truck to leave he said, “Man, your back window is hanging out!” What!? I looked and sure enough! It was definitely hanging and that by a very small amount of glass adhesive! It was ready to fall completely out and shatter into a million pieces on the ground. This special order window that would delay our journey for TWO WEEKS should it have done so, somehow had hung on through all that wind, rain, and snow the night before!
I grabbed a good ‘ol roll of duct tape out of the back and taped it back in place and so we went to lunch!
The following morning I went to a glass shop that had come highly recommended and he had an opening that very minute. The stated the reason the window had not adhered was because a polyurethane adhesive requires that you first etch the glass and then prime it AND THEN glue it in place. Wow! It hadn’t been done by the other glass shop. It was a miracle that it had made it that far to begin with!
Repairs complete, we hitched back up and hit the road for Colorado!